I completed a BSc in Biology at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) with research on invasive species and did a Masters in management, conservation and international trade of wildlife at the International University of Andalusia (UNIA), Spain. My PhD in Systematic Conservation Planning (James Cook University) focused on the Gulf of California, and involved a review and further development of planning exercises undertaken in the region with an integrated land-sea planning perspective. Previous work experience includes conservation, management, trade and sustainable use of wildlife. I'm currently working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as part of the Conservation Planning research group.

  • I am interested in improving spatial planning for natural resource use to achieve long-term sustainability and positive outcomes for people and their environment. Broadly, my research aims to advance systematic conservation planning theory and practice through promoting and improving the integration of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine conservation planning initiatives.
  • My research explores theoretical and methodological aspects of key decision-making problems associated with a land-sea approach, such as integrating cross-system threats (e.g. how land-based threats affect marine and coastal spatial prioritization), identifying co-benefits and trade-offs associated with management decisions (e.g. spatial congruence between local and downstream land values), and improving collaboration across interests and jurisdictional boundaries. My current research includes participatory scenario planning to inform integrated catchment management, studying collaboration networks supporting planning for land-water use and management, and designing reserve networks considering ecological connectivity and the effects of global warming.
  • 2020 to 2021 - Senior Research Fellow, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • 2016 to 2019 - Research Fellow, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • 2012 to 2016 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • 2011 to 2012 - Casual research & GIS, Marine Monitoring Program, TropWater, James Cook University
  • 2008 to 2012 - PhD Candidate, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • 2003 to 2008 - CITES Scientific Authority Coordinator, Mexico's National Biodiversity Commission
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2008 to 2012 - PhD scholarship, Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council
  • 2011 - Virginia Chadwick Award, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2009 to 2011 - PhD scholarship, Mexico’s Ministry of Education
  • 2005 - Masters Scholarship, Fundación Carolina, Spain

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Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Multi-objective planning in Northern Australia: co-benefits and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and cultural outcomes

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$592,300 over 5 years (administered by Charles Darwin University)
This research will create a toolkit to guide planning and management that supports multiple uses of land and water, while maintaining environmental and cultural values. The toolkit will provide a roadmap to assess the potential impacts of current and future development on biodiversity and ecosystems and the influence of different approaches to management. Specifically, the project will examine the links between terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal marine species and communities. In addition, the toolkit will facilitate assessment of the benefits and costs of implementing different management interventions to mitigate threats to biodiversity associated with different land and water uses.
Bob Pressey, Mark Kennard, David Pannell, Jorge Alvarez-Romero, Jeremy VanDerWal, Vanessa Adams, Erin Graham, Michael Douglas and Rosemary Hill (Research Division, Griffith University, University of Western Australia, Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Northern Australia; integrated catchment planning; Kimberley region; trade-offs and co-benefits; Fitzroy River, Western Australia; Conservation Planning

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